Date of Award
M.A. in Anthropology
Jay K. Johnson
This work is an analysis of the University of Mississippi Confederate Cemetery. Several remote sensing surveys were conducting inside the confines of the cemetery wall in order to determine the nature of the internments. This was done in order to determine if the cemetery is the site of a mass grave as local legends indicate. Following this analysis historical research was conducted to discover the intended meaning of the cemetery. A theoretical analysis of mortuary activities as discussed by archaeologists is utilized as a means of verification regarding the ideology attached to the cemetery. The cemetery on the campus is not the site of a mass grave. The cemetery is laid in a fairly typical fashion in several rows with no fewer than 432 graves indicated by the remote sensing data. Furthermore, the cemetery is the site of a local articulation of the Lost Cause as espoused by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Lemmon, Allan, "The University of Mississippi confederate cemetery: lost cause ideology, monumentation, and ritual" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1729.
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